McKissick Museum honors Township anniversary
The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will pay tribute to the Township Auditorium’s 80th anniversary and longevity as a cultural institution with an exhibit that traces its history and highlights some of the most significant events that took place on its stage.
The exhibit opens May 29 and runs through July 31.
The exhibition is curated by undergraduate students William Buchanan, Meghan Shippey, Laura Ybarra and JoAnn Zeise, all history students of Dr. Allison Marsh.
The students designed a museum exhibit, including the selection of images, objects, and audio and video recordings.
The Township Auditorium, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will reopen June 10th after a $12 million dollar renovation.
From concerts and theatrical productions to historically significant meetings and rallies, the Township has hosted some of the most well-known performers and figures of the 20th century, including Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Smokey Robinson, and movie director Tyler Perry.
Activists from Paul Robeson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to politicians Barry Goldwater and John Kerry have rallied voters to make their voices heard. Additionally, the venue has hosted choral concerts, step shows, dances, and graduations for local high schools, colleges, and universities.
Lynn Robertson, McKissick executive director, said “We hope that visitors come away from this exhibition with an appreciation for the places in our community where people have come together for generations to share experiences. Places like the Township are important sites for the American process of civic conversations—conversations about the past and present, conversations about politics, the arts, education, and even fun.”
For more information about the Township exhibit at McKissick, contact Ja-Nae Epps, 803-777-2876.